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Aurelia district keeping open mind on talks with Alta and Cherokee

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Aurelia School Board will be evaluating it options for possible sharing this season, and any decisions will be based on the best interests of their students, officials say.

A two-way sharing proposal from the Alta School District is coming their way. Next week informal talks between two Aurelia board members and two members from the Cherokee board, along with administrators, will be held on how those two districts could help each other.

Aurelia Board President Jim Hultgren said it is "important to keep open good lines of communication with surrounding districts" as the board evaluates the best path to take that will benefit the Aurelia students the most.

"We are looking for options that enhance the educational opportunities for every Aurelia student - wherever they may be."

Hultgren did not elaborate on the criteria his board is looking at, but said the Aurelia board continually evaluates the educational programs for academic excellence and extra curricular participation.

Hultgren said the district is not in any dire straits and that steps were taken to "alleviate some financial distress" when some administration positions were consolidated, saving costs.

A previous superintendent who also served as the middle school principal was replaced as the district entered into a one-year superintendent sharing agreement with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's Lynn Evans. With the retirement of a high school principal, the district went to a one-principal system that is meeting the needs of the entire school.

"We're pleased with the administrative team we have in place," Hultgren said.

Teachers and staff may be asked to cut budget expenses where possible, he noted.

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